The Vancouver Canucks made three more selections at the 2022 NHL Entry Draft in Montreal.
The Canucks did not trade for any additional picks. In total they took six players. One winger, one centre, a goaltender and three defenceman.
We already had articles on the Canucks first three picks so let’s go over the last three.
Round 5: Goaltender Ty Young
The Canucks decided to take 6’3″ and 192 pound goaltender Ty Young with pick 144. He is only 17-years-old as he turns 18 on September 11.
Young started the season with the Calgary Canucks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. He played 17 games and had a 4-10-3 record with a .918 save percentage and a goals against average of 3.38.
He then moved to the WHL’s Prince George Cougars. There, he played 23 games, had a 6-9-3 record, a .899 save percentage and a 3.50 GAA. In Prince George, he was the backup to New Jersey Devils 2022 draft pick Tyler Brennan who went 102nd overall. When Brennan went down with an injury, Young led the Cougars to the playoffs but they were swept in the first round by the Portland Winterhawks.
“He can keep his technique looking impressive and his movements timely, even when things have fallen apart in front of him,” said the EliteProspects draft guide per Daniel Wagner of Vancouver Is Awesome. “Great at staying on his feet and recovering without looking frantic or erratic, he plays like he takes up more of the net than he does.”
This is an interesting pick. Young’s numbers haven’t been good but he is still young and could benefit from learning under Ian Clark.
Round 6: Defenceman Jackson Dorrington
At pick 176, the Canucks took another defenceman.
Jackson Dorrington is 6’2″ and 195 pounds. He played last season with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL. In 41 games, he scored three goals and tallied eight assists for 11 points.
Next season he will be going to Northeastern University. There, he will play with Canucks prospect Aidan McDonough.
“Dorrington is a two-way defender who made calm and poised plays with the puck on his stick in all three zones,” said Anderson Clark of FC Hockey per Sean Raggio of The Hockey Writers.
“He has really good gaps and angles that allow him to hold the blue line and break up zone entries. He uses his size and strength to play with an active stick and edge defending. He pivots well to both sides, but must continue to work on his foot speed and agility. There were times in the game where he was puck watching in his end. He will need to clean up some defensive zone deficiencies for the next level. ”
It looks like skating and his defensive play are things Dorrington needs to work on.
Round 7: Defenceman Kirill Kudryavtsev
The Canucks took a defenceman again with their final pick. Kirill Kudryavtsev is a left-handed Russian defenceman who jumped over to North America to play for the OHL’s Soo Greyhounds last season.
The 6’0″ 195 pound defenceman played 68 games with the Greyhounds and scored five goals and manageed 39 assists for 44 points.
“Kudryavstev is a smooth-skating blueliner who shows flashes of promising offensive skill and has the speed to jump into the offense without giving up too much on the defensive side,” said Joseph Aleong of FCHockey. “A well-rounded defender, he shows some confidence carrying the puck out of his own end and making efficient plays out of pressure situations. Kudryavtsev (is) a balanced skater who shows decent top speed in open ice.”
No trades were made
The Canucks did not take a right-handed defenceman which is a big need for them. It looked like they just took the best player available which is a good strategy.
There was a lot of hype and speculation that the Canucks would make some trades at the draft. However, fans have the right to be disappointed that they were quiet on the trade market. But J.T. Miller and other players could be traded in the coming days and months particularly when free agency opens on July 13.
Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman set Canucks Twitter into a frenzy with this Tweet early in the first round. It looked like the Canucks were going to make a trade with the New York Islanders.
However, we all know the Islanders traded pick number 13 to the Montreal Canadiens for Alexander Romanov and the Habs flipped that pick to the Chicago Blackhawks for Kirby Dach.
Both Canucks General Manager Patrik Allvin and Islanders General Manager Lou Lamoriello have denied that there were trade talks.
Looks like we’ll never know what really happened. Oh well.
We’ll see if the Canucks make some trades this offseason. Here is hoping there are some fireworks.
Bruce Boudreau meets his favourite wrestler
We’ll wrap up with something pretty wholesome.
Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau joined the NHL Network’s Jackie Redmond and E.J. Hradek to talk about the team’s past season and the draft.
Boudreau is also a big WWE fan and he was surprised by Kevin Owens, who was his favourite wrestler. Boudreau’s reaction was priceless. He looked like a kid in a candy store.
Boudreau was also seen talking with Owens after the segment on the draft floor.
We hope you enjoyed our draft coverage here at The Canuck Way. Stay tuned for our Canucks coverage for free agency and the rest of the season!